As I sit down to write this article, I’m still recovering from the whirlwind weekend I just had in Beverly Hills. Did I really exchange words with Meryl Streep? Yep. And did I get a photo with Elizabeth Moss while she was holding her award? That happened. For a star-gazer like me, it’s all sort of a dream. So buckle in, my friends, this is going to be a long post, but hopefully an enjoyable one filled with lots of photos and tidbits.
It all started almost a year ago, when I became friends with some of the lovely employees at the Beverly Hilton while I was staying there during the Academy Awards. I found out that although the hotel is closed to the public during the Golden Globes, there are 100 packages which can be purchased to stay at the hotel and partake in some of of the festivities. After countless phone calls and months of waiting, I got the green light just after Thanksgiving. Woo hoo!
My mom and I flew down to LA on Friday, and already we were amazed to see the transformation taking place at the hotel. What was once a circular driveway was now a film set!
Here’s where a car typically drops you off to check into the hotel. But not today!
Take a gander at this short video I shot from the balcony of our hotel room. This is a major production, to say the least.
I couldn’t believe when a luggage cart of Golden Globe statues just rolled right on by…
We did take a little shopping break that day, so we headed to the parking garage to catch a ride in the hotel car. (Love that service!) And who did we encounter as we were sitting there? Oh, just Seth Meyers, the host of the show…no big-ee. I wished him good luck on the show, and received a winning smile, twinkling eyes and a heartfelt thank you in return. Yeah…that doesn’t happen every day.
My brother and sister-in-law flew down on Saturday to meet us. This was going to be a family affair! Finally it was Sunday, the big event. We had seats on the second row of the bleachers on the Red Carpet. It was an ideal place to sit, as not only could we see and interact with the stars on the carpet, but we were also the closet seats to the press photography area. Can you see what a fabulous view this will be of all the stars?
Here’s a little video from my seat showing you the lay of the land.
It was actually very warm when we first got to our seats — a sunny 75 degrees, but the stage lights made it even hotter. Fortunately, we didn’t have to be too dressed up for this part — that’ll come later.
Here’s the family, ready to see the celebs!
As the Red Carpet began filling up, many of the stars would come to the area right where we were seated to sign a huge board celebrating the 75th anniversary of the event. While they were in this area, you could exchange some words and snap some close-up photos. When Allison Janney was in front of me, I said, “Yay for tall girls!” She got a huge smile and this was her response. I have to say, she is truly luminescent in person — glowing from the inside.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were just darling. They looked SO happy and loved the crowd cheering them on.
One thing I noticed was that you really catch different views of things when you’re there, versus seeing it on TV. For instance, when Debra Messing stopped to touch up her make-up before a photo op, I couldn’t help but notice how the sun gleamed through the giant emerald ring she was wearing on her right hand. Can you see it in the picture below?
When I heard that everyone was going to be wearing black to the Globes, I was definitely all for what it stands for, but I thought I might be disappointed not seeing the typical array of colored gowns. Although some have referred to it as looking like a funeral, I must disagree. First of all, people were very excited, and there was a palpable energy in the air. Also, I’ve never seen so many variations of black dresses in my life, and people really made it their own with their interpretations and accessories. I’m not sure if Nicole Kidman has been getting many kudos on her dress, but I have to say that she was so ethereal, floating down the carpet with her darling husband, Keith Urban. The diaphanous fabric right next her face really suited her delicate bone structure.
I couldn’t help but be wowed when Merly Streep went by.
When Mandy Moore came through, her Irene Neuwirth earrings simply gleamed in the sunlight.
Any fans of The Crown out there? Well Claire Foy and Matt Smith were awesome. They kept giggling, and it was clear they were enjoying the moment.
I was also thrilled to see the recently engaged Catriona Balfe, one of the stars of Outlander.
Two of the stars from Black-ish, Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne, definitely hammed it up for us.
Sterling K. Brown (and his gorgeous wife Ryan) was smiling SO huge, I bet his cheeks hurt by the end of the night.
It was hysterical watching Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson waiting to get their photos taken. Tom kept pointing at his wife and making faces — totally in line with the personality you think he has after watching him on screen for so many years.
Loved how William Macy was showcasing his “TimesUp” pin during his photo session. A good portion of the attendees were wearing this powerful accessory.
As the carpet was winding down around 4:30-ish, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw made an appearance, both seeming to enjoy the audience.
By the time everyone was inside, the signature board was completely full. I wonder where it’s going to reside??
So, after three hours on the carpet, and 100’s of photos taken, it was time to head inside. The show started promptly at 5. While they did have a viewing party with screens in the lobby, we opted to skip this and headed up to watch the show in our room, order room service dinner, and get all glammed up. I wanted to be outside the ballroom doors right when they opened and all the stars started flooding out!
We got there in time to have a family photo before the doors opened.
In no time at all, this is what the lobby looked like!
One of the cool things about this awards show is that all the after parties (in this case there were 8!) are held at the hotel. So for the rest of the night, the celebs just party hop, and you can interact with many of them as they cruise around. Granted, some had major security surrounding them, but others you could definitely approach.
Given that my word for 2018 is “fearless,” I really put that into action. I had a slightly teary conversation with the fabulous Chrissy Metz about her being such a wonderful role model to us curvy girls. She had been walking with a very handsome guy, and I asked if him if he could take our picture. She said, “You do know that he’s a movie star, right?” Well, actually I didn’t, and I asked him again. They both giggled and he happily took the photo. I wonder who it was…
Some Kind of Wonderful was one of my favorite movies back in the day, and I couldn’t believe one of the stars, Lea Thompson, (you may also know her from Back to the Future) was next to me in the bathroom line! Turns out she introduced me to her husband, who happened to produce that film — we had a conversation about how innovative it was to have a female drummer as one of the leads.
Another of my all-time favorite shows is Gilmore Girls. What a treat to meet Amy Sherman-Palladino, who won for the new show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. (I binged and loved the whole season before heading to LA. I highly recommend it!)
Yay to Elisabeth Moss on her win! Loved that she was holding her statue during our photo.
I know that Connie Britton stirred up a lot of controversy with her sweater, but I enjoyed talking with her about it.
I, uh,…just maaaaaybe may have said a swear word when I saw Tracee Ellis Ross. (“Tracee, you are fu**ing awesome!”) But she didn’t seem to mind; in fact, she stopped and got a big smile on her face!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve become completely obsessed with This is Us. How gorgeous is Susan Kelechi Watson, who plays Sterling K. Brown’s wife on the show?!
Last, and certainly not least, I cannot tell you the power that emanated from the incomparable Viola Davis. Wow!! And side note, I thought her layers of diamond necklaces were out of this world — fave jewelry look of the night, for sure.
I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning and had a tough time sleeping after such an exciting day and night. The next morning, as I got ready to leave the hotel, it was a bit sad to see the show set being dismantled…
Now, it’s back to reality. But I know this is an experience that I will never forget!!
62 thoughts on “My Adventure at The 2018 Golden Globes”
You captured it so well with your comments and pictures, Amy!! What a fabulous time we had. Everyone was so friendly and happy – stars, staff, and security, which there were masses. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure written down for posterity in this post. Wonderful!!
I’m so thrilled we got to share it as a family!! xo
Absolutely wonderful!! I felt like I was there reading this…and I’m jealous that I wasn’t! What an incredible experience for all of you! How fun! 🖤
I’m so glad that you enjoyed my recap, Lisa!!! 🙂
Exciting time for you and your family. So happy for you. Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure.
Happy that you liked the article, Linda!
Holy crap, Amy, this was a thrill to read!! So delighted for you and your family to share it together!
Well thanks so much, Peggy Jo! It will definitely go down in the books as one of our most exciting memories.
This is such a lovely post, Amy! It’s so wonderful to see how warmly the actors and actresses engaged and every photo is a delight to see. What a fabulous family trip and I’m so happy you let us share in it with you all.
It was wonderful to see how so many of the actors were warm and receptive. But I’ll tell you, it was hard to narrow down my 100’s of photos to these few! 😉
What an experience Amy. You sparkled just like the star that you are. Your fearlessness shown through, as apparent by all the interactions and selfies.
I really enjoyed reading this.
Awww..thanks, Jewel! It was quite tremendous.
Beyond awesome is an understatement. So amazing! I want to hear more, more, more!!!! Over the moon happy that you and your family had such a memorable lifetime experience!
Thanks, Kristi! I keep looking through my zillions of photos just reliving it…
What a night, Amy!! Wow! You were certainly part of it all. What fabulous and fearless photos! Thank you for sharing your experience with *your* fans! 🙂
Ah…fearless…it’s a wonderful thing! Thanks for the comment, Joanna. 🙂
Wow Amy!! What an amazing experience. I LOVED ALL your photos.
So sweet that you could take your family too.
Thanks for the blog post, I so enjoyed reading your blog and looking at all the pictures.
I’m so glad to hear it, Peggy!! Big hug. 🙂
What a wonderful recap of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you for the great photos and videos! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you too, Lisa! So happy that you enjoyed the recap!
Sigh! Fantastic post. I had no idea you were SO close to the stars on their way in . . . What fun! And the pictures seem to convey a truly happy atmosphere. And you look gorgeous, of course! Thank you for sharing! xxxx
I had no idea we’d be that close on the carpet — such a blast! xo
Wow – that is SO awesome! You looked fab – thank you for sharing this with us!
Thanks so much, Adena!!
Awesome recap of our weekend!!! So cool and awesome that you connected with so many stars! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience, so glad to be with you all!
It WAS an experience of a lifetime — so glad that we could all be together. Love you. xo
So cool! Good for you for being fearless – and sharing the awesome results with us! And I am so intrigued by who the mystery handsome actor who took your photo was too!
Right, Sheena?! I will figure out who he was someday. 🙂
Gee I had no idea the Globes were that way. Thanks for taking us through how it went down.
I did notice that there was some great jewelry. Will you be a jewelry consultant to the stars?
There WAS some great jewelry! And would I be a jewelry consultant to the stars? I guess never say never. 😉
Your word for 2018 – fearless – is perfect! I’m so impressed with your fearless mingling and conversations with all these celebs. What fun for you and your family! Thanks for sharing:-)
Thanks so much, Marjory! 🙂
Happy New Year Amy!! LOVED your story and the beautiful photos!
Such a wonderful gift for you and your family to be able to share the Golden Globes LIVE:)
Also loved your evening dress, you looked amazing!!!!
Happy New Year to you too, Angela! We are so lucky that we were able to experience it together. xo
So fantastic, Amy! I was lucky to go to the Grammys in 2014 at the Beverly Hilton so it was fun to relive some of those memories…though I was nowhere NEAR as close as you and your family were. You looked fab and it’s really nice to see these informal shots with the stars. Thanks for sharing!
Why am I not surprised that YOU, Mrs. Music, went to the Grammys — awesome, Nancy! Very happy you enjoyed the article.
beautifully written and photographed!! felt like i was there with you…so fun and exciting…good for you and mom and all the folks who got to enjoy a special, and powerful, night!
Thanks, Ruthies! Glad I could give you that insider feel for the event. xo
Wow. This was awesome.
Thanks — It was such a blast. 🙂
Ohhh.. I’m now excited after seeing this event photographs. If I was be there, I would have enjoyed it a lot
Happy to hear it, Jenifer!!
Wow!!! I feel
Like I was there! I’m star struck too and loved loved digesting your wonderful commentary and analyzing all of your fabulous pictures! Yes, of course I know they are “just like us” but I will always have stars in my eyes! Thank you for sharing with us, Amy!! Loved it!
So happy you loved it, Alex!! I appreciate you writing. 🙂
Remembered the other day that several years ago InStyle did a feature on Debra Messing’s jewelry collection and there was a picture of an amazing emerald ring she had designed after buying the emerald on a trip to . . . Can’t recall where. I don’t think the ring she was wearing at the GGs was the same but still . . . WOW!
She is a BIG jewelry collector!!
You should add Photo Journalism to your repertoire of things your awesome at! Thanks for the journey and I still smiling at all the great photos.
Your family is so blessed and oh so beautiful!!!
You are too kind, Melodee! So happy the post made you smile. 🙂
What an incredible experience! I can’t believe Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis, Elizabeth Moss and Chrissy Metz may have breathed on the earrings I made. Lol! So cool you were able to experience this and I’m honored you chose to accessorize with NFJ. 😘😘😘
They DID!! Cool, right? Thank you so much for making such gorge earrings. I’ll wear them forever. xo
Amy, wow!! What beautiful photos of the family, and you look gorgeous in all of them. Your wardrobe choices were flawless!! So pretty. Loved reading your insights and vicariously living such a beautiful evening through your words and pictures. Tremendous. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for the compliment, Andrea! So pleased you enjoyed the article! 🙂
Oh Amy! What fun! I read this to Mike as we were driving south on Highway 1. It was so very entertaining to us both! I loved your adventure and your pics. You are a fantastic story teller! A book should be written about Amy’s adventures! Can’t wait to have another fun adventure with you! When I got home I looked at your video which led me to many other videos of the exciting event! Thanks for sharing!
I can just picture you reading this to Mike while the Pacific Ocean streamed by out your window — awesome! So glad that you both enjoyed it. And YES to future adventures!! xo
WOW!!!! What a THRILL just read your post with great images!!! It is so fun!
First, you looked gorgeous!! You captured the event so well I felt like I was there with your nice family.
I have to say that Viola Davis is one of my favorite actresses for many years!! Just saw Fences…who else can act with so much passion? You and her in a shot together is gold.
You rock and thanks for all your positive energy in ALL your posts…..but, this one was special. 🙂
All the best Amy for 2018!
Janet, thank you so much for the heartfelt comment! I do aim to give positivity in the world!! Happy 2018 to you as well. xo
Amy, how cool that you experienced this historic Golden Globes! Thank you for painting such a vivid portrait of it for us. I applaud you for not being afraid to talk to and take pictures with the stars! How lucky we get to live vicariously through you in proximity to all that fabulous jewelry!
Thanks, Dana! And you’re right — I was surrounded by gorgeous jewels!!
How fun! So glad that you got to experience that and so jealous. Thank you for sharing all the pictures and your blog. How nice that everyone was willing to talk to you and take pics with you. Definitely a night to remember!
So happy that you enjoyed the article, Kathleen! It’s most definitely a weekend none of us will ever forget. xo
Finally got to read this! Loved every word and every photo. Made me feel like I was there with you. So thrilled that you had a great experience.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read the article and comment, Joseph! Very happy that it made you smile. 🙂